MARRIAGE EQUALITY: BELGIAN MAYOR WEDS EIGHT SAME-SEX COUPLES IN MILAN

18/02/2014
Submitted by Associazione Radicale Certi Diritti

MARRIAGE EQUALITY: BELGIAN MAYOR WEDS EIGHT SAME-SEX COUPLES IN MILAN

Associazione Radicale Certi Diritti Press Release

Rome, February 14, 2014

Associazione Radicale Certi Diritti (Certi Diritti), Action Laїque Belgo-Italienne (ALBI), and Rainbowhouse - in collaboration with Rete Genitori Rainbow, Circolo Harvey Milk – Milan, Rete Genitori Rainbow, Associazione Enzo Tortora - Radicali Milan, and Arcigay La Salamandra - Mantova organized the first transnational same-sex marriage ceremony in Europe on February 15, 2014, the day after the feast of love.

Saturday, February 15th, the day after the feast of love, nine gay and lesbian couples crowned their dream of love thanks to Olivier Deleuze, mayor of Watermael-Boitsfort (Brussels), who joined them in matrimony via teleconference. Eight couples found themselves at Bauer Hall of the Humanitarian Society located on Via San Barnaba 48 in Milan, and one (Mario and Giovanni) found themselves at the Maison Arc-en-ciel, rue du Marché au Charbon 42, in Brussels.

Dimitri Tasinato e Marco Fusar Imperatore, Emanuele Boscarino e Emanuele Martinelli, Domenico Guarini e Massimo Angarini, Vincenzo Maria Ceraolo e Diego Geroldi, Domenico Centanni e Filippo Maccagni, Alessia Donato e Simonetta Costantina Santu, Loredana Greco e Marcella Minelli e Paolo Puccini e Saysana (called NOY) had an exceptional witness: Alessandro Cecchi Paone.

The initiative, entitled “Free Weddings in Free Europe,” began at 11:00 with the airing, for the first time in Italy, of the documentary “Right2Love,” directed by Adaia Teruel and produced by Associació de families Lesbianes i Gais in 2012. The documentary shows the lives of five European rainbow families. The ceremony itself took place at 12:30, and was streamed on the site http://www.matrimonioegualitario.org/, where you can also find more information about the couples involved in this initiative as well as the mayor of Deleuze. At 13:45, the wedding cake was cut.

Yuri Guiana, secretary of Certi Diritti, stated: “The Mayor of Milan, Giuliano Pisapia, and all of the councilors and city council were invited, but for now only Councilors Sonego and Cappato have responded that they fully support the initiative and conveyed their congratulations to the couples. We also asked to perform the ceremony at the Casa dei Diritti of Milan but did not receive a response. While in Italy same-sex couples are denied the right to marry and have been waiting almost 4 years for Parliament to respect the judgment of the Constitutional Court (138/2010), in which the Court recognizes “the fundamental right to live freely as a couple” in a same-sex union “understood as a stable cohabitation between two persons of the same sex,” Belgium has recognized marriage equality since June 1, 2003, and more than 20,000 marriages between persons of the same-sex have been celebrated since that date. In Europe, 9 other states recognize marriage equality: Netherlands, Spain, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Iceland, Denmark, France and the United Kingdom. The late-comer Italy, besides being unconstitutional, discriminates against not only Italian LGBTI citizens, but all those in Europe who see their freedom of movement limited because, if they wanted to come and live in Italy, they would have to leave their rights at the border, including the rights they hold as couples and those of their children, as well as the reciprocal duties they should have towards each other and their children. A typical case is that of Manila and Carola, who married in Spain, and their son Noah who, because of the refusal of the City of Rome to transcribe the Spanish birth certificate of the child of a same-sex couple, almost a year from birth, is still without a passport or any document attesting to his identity and parentage. In this situation the parents and child are not able to move around the EU and therefore are not able to safely go back to Italy so that, among other things, the child has not yet been able to meet his grandparents. Not only that, but the lack of passport is also generating considerable problems with respect to the couple’s residence in Spain since the passport is a prerequisite for obtaining the NIE (Numero de Identificación de Extranjero), more or less corresponding to our tax number, that is crucial for any administrative practice (beginning with kindergarten registration). The situation is no longer tolerable.”


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